Shawn Chrisman

Dallas, Texas Therapist Specializing in Relationship and Sexual Issues, Including Infidelity, Communcation Building, Sexual Problems and Gender Identity.

Intimacy & Sexuality . . . Do these two words bring about feelings of discomfort, shame, guilt or inadequacy?  Are you struggling with an issue around sexuality?

When you feel good about your most intimate relationship with a significant other, you experience daily joy, better relationships with your partner and are able to offer the best of yourself.  When you have a concern about intimacy or sexuality, you may struggle with your relationships or experience anxiety and depression.

In counseling, we work together to overcome:

With a specialization in sexuality, I additionally work with individuals and couples in navigating polyamorous or open relationships. Clients may come in with a concern about sexual orientation, gender identity or interest in kink activities; we work together to explore how this is impacting the client and how best to move forward. My approach to therapy is Individual Psychology. As individuals, we hold a basic interest in the welfare of others. This interest, along with an individual’s way of seeing the world, drives the choices we make. I believe we are all naturally motivated to work towards positive outcomes in our lives. Along the way, we may encounter areas in our lives that we feel are obstacles to accomplishing our personal life goals. Through the counseling relationship, we will identify your goals and work to improve areas you feel need some work to get you back on track.

In my previous (career) life, I worked in professional sports, agency, retail and start-up environments. After 11 years in marketing and advertising, I decided to take an exit ramp from the world of business and move over to the world of counseling and psychology. I hold a Bachelor’s in Marketing from Mississippi State University, a Master’s in Sports Management from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s of Science in Counseling from Southern Methodist University.  I am a member of American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists, National Association for Alcoholism, and Drug Abuse Counselors and Texas Counseling Association. When not in the office, I am training for a half-marathon, learning to cook or refining my amateur photographic skills.  I also enjoy traveling, whether it’s a day trip to a hidden gem in Texas or a plane ride away. I am full of random facts, especially when it comes to 80’s trivia.  When we work together, let’s see if I can answer your trivia question!

Here are some of my recent speaking engagements and publications:

  • SMU Feb 2013 -"Sexuality on Campus"
  • UT Dallas November 2013 - "Finding LGBT-Friendly Medical Practitioners" More info
  • UT Dallas January 2014 Brown Bag Luncheon - "Asexuality" More info
  • Letter to Editor "Additional Considerations Regarding Barebacking Contradictions" Qualitative Health Research (journal) May 2013 More info

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor.

My rate is $140 for a 50-minute session.

This quote rings especially true for me:

The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well.
 – Alfred Adler

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